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Briere seems likely to play Game 1

Apr 9, 2012, 5:13 PM EDT

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Jonathan Toews. Check.

Daniel Sedin. Check.

Jeff Carter. Check.

And now Danny Briere has joined the list of star players that missed the last part of the regular season with an injury but are expected (at least by the media) to be available for Game 1 of the playoffs.

Briere sat out the Flyers’ final three games with an upper-back contusion after getting blasted by Pittsburgh’s Joe Vitale on Apr. 1.

Today after practice, he wouldn’t commit to playing Wednesday in Pittsburgh. But it sure sounds like he’ll be out there.

“To be honest, I’m not allowed to speak on any injuries or the roster or if I’m going to play or not,” Briere said (with a smile) today.

“All I can tell you is – and you saw it – I’m practicing and working to get ready. That’s all I’m allowed to say at this point.”

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Asked if he has any limitations right now, Briere replied, “no,” while adding there has been a “big change” (translation: positive) in how he feels this week versus last week.

Briere practiced on a line between Brayden Schenn and Jakub Voracek.

Oh, and Flyers defenseman Nicklas Grossmann will play Wednesday.

  1. phillyphever - Apr 9, 2012 at 5:32 PM

    Getting Groosmann back for game 1 is HUGE!!! Getting Briere back is a bonus.

  2. letangusespertplus - Apr 9, 2012 at 5:33 PM

    This kid is gonna get hurt trying to be an hero.

  3. philly4lyfe - Apr 9, 2012 at 5:33 PM

    Good news. Hopefully we’ll get jvr and mezaros back for the next round after we dispatch Cindy and Co.

  4. crosberries - Apr 9, 2012 at 5:53 PM

    Briere told the media “I want to come back but I’m gonna be really upset again if someone hits me. Or maybe my idiot coach not put me in in a situation where if I do get hit me and him have to cry about it non stop”

    • kellyb9 - Apr 9, 2012 at 5:59 PM

      Well the Flyers are traveling to the capital of whining and complaining, so it would only be fitting for Briere to observe the local customs. I would think Pens fans have to be a little bit concerned about facing the Flyers given the overall dominance they’ve displayed in that new building, and to be perfectly honest, it would be nice to hear a bit of realism from them as opposed to the one troll with 50 different usernames.

      • crosberries - Apr 9, 2012 at 6:45 PM

        You’d think philthy would be pretty nervous playing the pens since we have owned you in the playoffs.

      • sizzle299 - Apr 9, 2012 at 8:07 PM

        Realism would imply that knowledge exists in the first place, something the idiot penguins fans fail to show time and time again on this site. It is a sad representation for the group.

      • ml3939 - Apr 9, 2012 at 9:08 PM

        Hey Crosberries, what position do you play? How many goals have you scored in those previous playoff series?

      • tcclark - Apr 10, 2012 at 10:12 AM


        The Penguins owned what is now the Los Angeles Kings…. not these Flyers

  5. steelcityfranchise - Apr 9, 2012 at 5:59 PM

    Wow…modern medicine can do wonders for a sandy vajayjay these days. Here’s a bit of advice: skate with your head up in the neutral zone.


    • billsfan13594 - Apr 9, 2012 at 6:15 PM

      Can’t seem to do much for Crosby, though. How many games did he miss? He should probably stop running headfirst into the glass.

      • crosberries - Apr 9, 2012 at 6:43 PM

        Why don’t you go try and keep up with the police blotter in the pft section. Gotta do something when all the teams in your city are irrelavent

  6. odj810 - Apr 9, 2012 at 6:57 PM

    I am a neutral observer for this series and am really looking forward to it. I see it going 7 games and if bryz can steal a game Im going against the grain and picking the flyers.(maybe this is in part to the fact I hope they pens don’t advance)

  7. sizzle299 - Apr 9, 2012 at 8:10 PM

    Considering how dominant Danny B is in the playoffs its no wonder the pens tried to knock him out rather than face him.

  8. bleed4philly - Apr 9, 2012 at 8:27 PM

    Alright, I’m all strapped up and ready to go, let’s do this!

  9. jumbossportsblog - Apr 9, 2012 at 8:34 PM

    Reblogged this on jumbossportsblog.

  10. steelcityfranchise - Apr 9, 2012 at 8:36 PM

    You’re right…when I think of intimidation and dominance, the first name I think of is Danny Briere.

  11. mclovinhockey - Apr 9, 2012 at 10:04 PM

    These comments are funny. Yeah pens domination of Philly in the playoffs while Philly won more playoff rounds against the pens then vice versa. Learn stats before you talk.

    • danphipps01 - Apr 9, 2012 at 11:23 PM

      You want stats? Shiny, let’s talk stats.

      Franchise Stanley Cups: Penguins 3, Flyers 2.

      But, you know, keep all those playoff rounds, since clearly they matter more to the Flyers than the actual trophy.

  12. philly4lyfe - Apr 9, 2012 at 10:07 PM

    Not too mention the only game you’ve beaten us in your own building was the one that didn’t count and see sat g and breezy. Good luck with your home ice disadvantage.

    • steelcityfranchise - Apr 9, 2012 at 11:03 PM

      No one cares about that game as indicated by the fact that no one mentioned it but you.
      But since we are on that topic now, Zolnierporn really gave it to Vitale. Haha!

  13. philly4lyfe - Apr 9, 2012 at 11:13 PM

    I agree. Harry z isn’t much of a fighter though. I think he was just trying to step up for the team, especially since the playoffs are coming and he hasn’t been playing much lately. I think vitale and ranaldo would be a much more even contest, as far as size and toughness goes.

  14. lemieux00066 - Apr 10, 2012 at 12:40 AM

    Actually Philly is the capital of whining fans. Even your sports radio broadcasters say it. Whatever Philly……WIN A CUP and then talk.

  15. benzoids - Apr 10, 2012 at 7:37 AM

    As a Pens fan, I’m glad Danny Boy (Karate Kid reference) is going to be in the lineup. I just hope nobody hits him with the intent of hurting him in this series. If they are going to hit him, I would hope that they would do so simply to establish a physical presence on the ice.


  16. id4joey - Apr 10, 2012 at 7:52 AM

    Keep your head up young man, and tell your teammates and coaches to stop whining. And to you the Philly fans, same applies. Just enjoy the show, talent and guts displayed by both teams.

  17. ballistictrajectory - Apr 10, 2012 at 8:56 AM

    This would be a great time for Matt Cooke to regress and finish the little cheap-shot crybaby along with his own career.

  18. ottograham - Apr 10, 2012 at 12:00 PM

    Ya know guys we had our fourth line out at the end of the game where Danny B got tatted. I mean honestly do you think we would prefer to take out a first liner or Danny? i mean he has possibly 16 goals this season? Hes not a huge factor guys. He just needs to learn to skate with his head up. This has happened to him mulitiple times this season.

    WHY do Flyers fans believe they are Gods gift to the sport and analysis? Have your dominant numbers guys, but when its all said and done we have more championships. Would you argue the Eagles are better than the Lers based off of their many trips to the NFC championship? you wouldnt. You claim youre better bc you have tradition in your hockey team. Whats wrong with letting us form our own tradition? Its a problem because most of you Filthys are self centered and again think youre Gods gift to hockey. Get over yourselves. Do you believe you deserve everything every year? Sounds like a town full of self entitlement and arrogance.

    Looking forward to a great and physical series. Not looking forward to listening to the Orange rant and rave their “dominant tradition” all over this webpage.

  19. philly4lyfe - Apr 10, 2012 at 12:59 PM

    If the comments really bother you that much, then don’t read them Einstein.

  20. mgp1219 - Apr 10, 2012 at 1:02 PM

    Hope they have plenty of tissues on the bench for Briere.

  21. philly4lyfe - Apr 10, 2012 at 1:27 PM

  22. benzoids - Apr 10, 2012 at 2:10 PM

    Quick question for Flyers fans…..Would you trade anybody on the current Flyers squad for Sid Crosby?

  23. philly4lyfe - Apr 10, 2012 at 2:26 PM

    Jody Shelley is all yours!

    Seriously though, while he is arguably the best, it’s hard to justify trading for a guy that’s missed almost two full seasons and you just don’t know if that next big hit he takes will be his last.

  24. mclovinhockey - Apr 10, 2012 at 3:24 PM

    @ Otto. Ummm you would take out Danny because he is one of the best playoff players in the league…. Unless you for some reason didn’t know that.

    Yeah Pitt has more cups than Philly.
    But Philly has more head to head wins in playoffs and regular season
    They also have much better overall stats and have never almost been sold, yet alone the 3 times that happened to Pitt. I would rather be a fan of a team whose franchise has always been great rather then a franchise whose team just recently started being good again.
    I am not a fan of these teams but Philly at least has die hard fans and a lot of them. Pitt is full of bandwagon fans.. And moronic ones at best.

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